In a further sign that the worst of the coronavirus crisis could be over, a nudist park is re-opening its doors.
The White Thorn Lodge Family Nudist Park in Beaver County, US, announced in mid-June that it was going to close for the remainder of 2020.
It cited the "safety of our members and visitors in mind".
The park, which is normally open from May through to September, didn’t open at all last year due to uncertainty over pandemic.
However, with certain provisos, the naturist paradise will be open for business once more.
According to a post on the camp’s official Facebook page: “At this time, White Thorn Lodge Family Nudist Park plans to be open on May 28 to visitors for the 2021 season based on current Covid-19 trends.”
“Should circumstances with the pandemic change,” the notice continues, “this status will be re-evaluated".
The park adds that it encourages all visitors to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test before visiting.
The announcement also makes it clear that all guidelines implemented by the CDC, the state Department of Health, and other government agencies must be followed while on park grounds.
That may mean in some cases that guests can be naked except for a face mask.
Among the attractions will be the park’s annual mixed 5K run. On July 24, intrepid athletes will be scampering around the park’s scenic grounds wearing nothing but trainers.
White Thorn Lodge is also home to the Superbowl of Naked Volleyball, in which over 90 teams from around the world compete – in as much or as little closing as they desire – to win the coveted trophy.
Part of what makes volleyball a great nudist pastime,” says ESPN’s Eddie Matz, “is that the game itself requires no physical contact.”
However, he adds, no sport is likely to feature as many high-fives. “But when you're naked,” he observes, “slapping and tickling doesn't come so easily.”
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